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December 6, 2021

Dear Onteora Community,

Onteora began the process to start screening testing students in school last week.  We are utilizing Dr. Neal Smoller and his staff to conduct this testing. As we stated previously, all students have the opportunity to be screened weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly with consent from a person in parental relation.

If you would like your child (ren) to be screened for COVID-19 in school.  Please fill the form out for each child that you have who attends school K-12.  If you need assistance with this form, please contact your school nurse.  Please fill out this form even if you do not want your student screened for COVID-19 in school. It is imperative that we hear from all families. Onteora Student Testing RegistrationIf you have already completed this form, you do not need to complete it again.

Once you have completed that form please complete this form for the Testing Service: Please complete this form for the Testers: Testing Service Form. Again this form only needs to be filled out once for each child.

If you would like to change the frequency that your child(ren) is tested, or stop testing your child(ren) please send an email to healthservices@onteora.k12.ny.us

Who will be screened tested?
Only students whose parents/guardians have provided this signed consent form to the school will be tested.

Who will do the testing?
Dr. Neal Smoller of Village Apothecary and his trained staff

What type of test will be used?
Nasal Swab using the Abbott Binax NOW  (rapid antigen test) collected by trained healthcare personnel

How do I know if my child tested positive?
If your child screens positive, you will be notified right away and your child will need to be picked up from school.

NOTE: Rapid antigen tests may produce incorrect negative results (called “false negatives”) in people who have COVID-19. If your child tests negative but has symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have concerns about your child’s exposure to COVID-19, you should follow-up with your child’s healthcare provider.

 

Sincerely,
 

Marystephanie Corsones
Interim Superintendent